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Andrew Chafin Chicago Cubs

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today:
1. Chad Green (NYY) — Aroldis Chapman has pitched in three of four.
2. Andrew Chafin (CHC) — Craig Kimbrel has gone in two straight, and could also leave the Cubs at any moment.

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Giovanny Gallegos St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals — As predicted by yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, the Cardinals tried to squeeze a four-out save from Giovanny Gallegos, but he lost the lead with two outs on a hit batsman and double.

Hierarchy remains: Reyes | Gallegos | Cabrera.

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Tyler Wells Baltimore Orioles

The Rating, which frowns on homers, shows what to worry about here. 

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Baltimore Orioles — If you’re the type of masochist who enjoys owning Baltimore relievers, you’re probably really relishing the three singles and a walk Tanner Scott dished out to blow the save in a one-run ninth on Wednesday. Pick up Tyler Wells, whose slow-motion takeover of the ninth certainly wasn’t hurt by Scott’s performance, and see what fresh pain he can deliver!

Hierarchy remains: *Wells | Scott | Fry.
* = closer-by-committee

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Tyler Rogers San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants — The Vulture Save Watch correctly forecast that Tyler Rogers would get Wednesday’s save, his 11th of the season for the still-surprising Giants. 

Hierarchy remains: *McGee | Rogers | Leone.
* = closer-by-committee

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Zach Britton New York Yankees

New York Yankees — Zack Britton’s return now comprises three outings, eight baserunners, and four earned runs, with no clean innings in the bunch. With Aroldis Chapman’s finger continuing to give him trouble, the Yankees’ bullpen is unusually unreliable lately.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Green | Britton.

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Tyler Clippard Arizona Diamondbacks

The Monkey says...

Arizona Diamondbacks — The seventh-inning role for Arizona is a revolving door to Reno, with J.B. Bukauskas the latest to split for the Aces. Replacing him is a far more familiar name, as Tyler Clippard returned from the 60-day IL and pitched a clean sixth inning on Wednesday. Clippard could bolster the Diamondbacks bullpen over the next two months, or he could parlay a few successful outings into a trade to a desperate contender. Our guess is he’s hoping for the latter.

Updated hierarchy: Soria | Ramirez | Clippard.

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Ryan LaMarre New York Yankees
Latest Yankees hero might be the most unlikely one yet
Ryan LaMarre’s single over the head of right fielder Brad Miller scored Gary Sanchez with the game-winning run in the Yankees’ wild 6-5, 10-inning victory…
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Josiah Gray Los Angeles Dodgers

Huge news as he makes his major league debut. Not a great one but lots of K-s.

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Wilmer Flores San Francisco Giants

Wilmer Flores (2B) SF - Jul. 21
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Flores went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Giants defeated the Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Flores was held quiet until he erupted for a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth off Los Angeles' closer Kenley Jansen to give San Francisco the lead for good. The infielder has now recorded an extra-base hit in the three straight games and remains entrenched at third base with Evan Longoria injured.

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James Karinchak Cleveland Indians

Threw a total of five pitches.

James Karinchak (P) CLE - Jul. 21
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Karinchak fired a perfect ninth inning en route to earn the save in the win over the Astros on Wednesday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Karinchak retired the side in the ninth inning Wednesday, getting all three batters to pop up in the infield. The 25-year-old recorded his 11th save, tying teammate Emmanuel Clase for most on the team. Cleveland's closing situation has been somewhat inconsistent and the save opportunities usually go to Clase or Karinchak depending on the matchup. Karinchak hasn't struck anyone out over his last three appearances, which is uncharacteristic considering his 14.5 K/9. The 25-year-old has 2.55 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP across 42.1 innings.

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Mike Foltynewicz Texas Rangers

Tough times in Texas,

Mike Foltynewicz (P) TEX - Jul. 21
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Foltynewicz is the expected starter for Thursday's game at Detroit, Joseph Hoyt of the Dallas Morning News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Foltynewicz, who was shelled in his previous start Sunday, will be working on short rest. Texas manager Chris Woodward considered a bullpen day but eventually landed on Foltynewicz as the starter for the series finale against the Tigers. Woodward said the starter will be on a limited pitch count due to the abbreviated rest schedule; Foltynewicz threw 42 pitches Sunday and was removed after 1.2 innings. This could be an important start for the right-hander. Woodward, whose team was shut out in three straight contests before scoring a run Tuesday night, has been vocal about his team's recent performance and for players to show more fight, per Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com.

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Madison Bumgarner Arizona Diamondbacks

Madison Bumgarner (P) AZ - Jul. 21
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Bumgarner allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out one in five innings Wednesday versus Pittsburgh. He did not factor in the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: While Arizona ultimately won, Brett de Geus allowed an inherited runner from Joe Mantiply to score the tying run in the seventh inning. That denied Bumgarner a chance for his fifth win of the season despite a reasonable performance Wednesday. The 31-year-old lowered his ERA to 5.09 with a 1.20 WHIP and 69:19 K:BB across 70.2 innings. Bumgarner projects for another favorable matchup next week versus the Rangers.

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Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

The selling Cubs can't be happy about this.

Kris Bryant (3B) CHI-N - Jul. 21
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Bryant (hamstring) isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bryant exited Tuesday's win over the Cardinals with right hamstring fatigue, and manager David Ross said after the game that the 29-year-old would likely be out of the lineup Wednesday. Ian Happ will take over in left field while Rafael Ortega starts in center.

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Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

In fact, his slash stats right now are pretty close to his slash stats last year, but this could be why he hasn't played better.

Mookie Betts (OF) LA - Jul. 21
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Betts (hip) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Giants, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: It marks the fourth straight absence for Betts as he continues to manage the right hip injury. The 28-year-old was expected to be available off the bench Tuesday, though he never entered the contest. According to Toribio, manager Dave Roberts said Betts is currently day-to-day, though there's a "possibility" the outfielder requires a stint on the injured list to get closer to full strength.

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Alex Wells Baltimore Orioles

Stats should come in today.

Alexander Wells (P) BAL - Jul. 21
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Wells allowed three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven in 5.2 innings of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The rookie was one out shy of a quality start, but he had thrown 93 pitches and was pulled with two gone in the fifth. Wells' outing would've been even better if not for a pair of poorly-located pitches, one a curveball and the other a fastball, that Randy Arozarena crushed for solo home runs. His K/9 was a modest 7.7 in 43 minor-league innings this year, so it remains to be seen whether his stuff truly plays in the big leagues, or if Wednesday was an anomaly against the Rays, who strike out more than any team in baseball. It's unclear whether Wells will become a mainstay in Baltimore's rotation, or if he'll be either relegated to the bullpen or optioned to Triple-A once Keegan Akin (COVID-19) returns.

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Keegan Akin Baltimore Orioles

Keegan Akin (P) BAL - Jul. 21
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Akin was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Wednesday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 26-year-old was slated to serve as the starting pitcher in Wednesday's series finale against the Rays, but left-hander Alexander Wells will take his place after he was recalled as part of a corresponding move. The Orioles haven't disclosed whether Akin tested positive for the virus, so he may only end up missing one turn through the rotation if he's able to quickly clear health and safety protocols.

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Nick Ahmed Arizona Diamondbacks

Nick Ahmed (SS) AZ - Jul. 21
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Ahmed went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Ahmed provided a game-tying RBI double and stole third. Wednesday's performance was the shortstop's third game with three or more hits this year. He's now 6-for-8 in stolen base attempts while adding two home runs, 20 RBI, 28 runs scored, 18 doubles and a .224/.290/.327 slash line across 298 plate appearances.

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Danny Santana Texas Rangers

An eyewitness in Boston writes:

Toronto catcher Jansen lines one in the left-center gap. Red Sox (and Nova) of Santana looks like he has a bead on the ball, but steps awkwardly and winds up sprawled on the grass and doesn't get up for a few minutes  Jansen pulls up about halfway to second and limps to the base. Both exit the game with injuries. That's what makes balls in play so exciting.

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Greg Allen New York Yankees
Yankees' new superhero bringing new identity to team
Greg Allen’s speed again played an integral role in vaulting the Yankees to their third straight victory, 6-4 over Joe Girardi’s Phillies, Tuesday night at…
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